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Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum will be the site of a rowdy and raucous celebration of Southeast Texas’ ranching heritage, the Cowboy Ruckus & Camp Out, on Saturday, April 20, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the museum grounds.

“The Ruckus is our chance to explore a little known part of Beaumont’s history,” said museum director Mark Osborne. “Before oil and timber, thousands of head of cattle were either raised in Southeast Texas or driven across the old Opelousas Trail to markets in New Orleans.”

This rollicking celebration of Beaumont’s wilder days will feature world-champion whip cracker and trick roper Chris McDaniel who has appeared around the world and has been featured on Late Night with David Letterman and in the musical The Will Rogers Follies. Other special guests include the Beaumont 1860s Vintage Base Ball Club, the Big Thicket Outlaws, the Former Texas Rangers Association, The Back Porch Friends dulcimer group and the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Dick Dowling Camp.

The day will be rounded out with blacksmithing and printing demonstrations in the museum’s new print shop, plus butter churning, soap making and jewelry demonstrations. Children and adults, alike, can try their hand at calf roping, play old-time games, or compete in a number of contests, including a “cow patty” toss, a pie-eating contest and a tug-o-war contest. Visitors will be able to cool off with a cold sarsaparilla or lemonade and fill up on hot dogs, candied apples and fresh roasted peanuts. The museum’s replica gusher will blow at 5:45 p.m. as the climax of the day’s festivities.

For the first time ever, the museum will continue the festivities with an overnight camp out at the museum. Families and groups are encouraged to participate in an evening filled with camp fire songs, activities and games. Registration is required for the camp out and information may be found on the museum’s web site at or by calling 409-880-1750.

Admission for the Ruckus is $5 for adults, $3 for Seniors age 60 and over, and $2 for children 12 and younger. Camping fee is $10 per tent.

Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum is located on Hwy. 69 at Jimmy Simmons Boulevard in Beaumont. Plenty of free parking is available. For more information, please go to or contact the museum at (409) 880-1750 or